Interviews

Hi Kristy Mickelsen, thank you for agreeing to this interview.
Oltobooks : Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Kristy Mickelsen : Kristy Mickelsen is a 44 year old wife and mother whose passions include reading, writing and spending time with her two young adult autistic children. She believes that writing is a creative way to express emotions that are sometimes hard to talk about such as love, lust, hate, depression and grief just to name a few. Kristy is also a podcast host for W.W.A.A. podcast, as well as an Author with a special interest in the romance genre. She is also an advocate for causes that are important to her based on some of her real life experiences. Causes such as cancer awareness after her father died from kidney cancer, autism awareness because both of her children have autism and lupus awareness because she herself is a lupus warrior. She often uses her books to help bring awareness to these causes by writing both fictional and non fictional stories with characters that face some of these issues in their lives.  Kristy is very active on most social media platforms and you can follow her on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok and Linkedin.
Oltobooks : What are your ambitions for your writing career?
Kristy Mickelsen : When I write I am hoping to connect with my readers about situations that we as people face in our everyday lives.
Oltobooks : When did you decide to become a writer?
Kristy Mickelsen : I decided to become a writer back in 2018 after my son saw me writing in a journal and asked me to try writing professionally. It was soon after that, when I published my first book and fell in love with the writing industry.
Hi Bronwyn Elsmore, thank you for agreeing to this interview.
Oltobooks : Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Bronwyn Elsmore : Kia ora. My first job when I left school was a production writer for Radio New Zealand. This was excellent training as it involved writing to a deadline. The day’s work had to be done on time, sometimes at short notice. No waiting for inspiration or the muse. Consequently, I’ve never really believed in writer’s block. Since that time, I’ve been a freelancer, contract writer, editor, education writer, playwright, writing mentor and tutor, and an academic writer during the years I was also an academic. Of the genres I’ve written – fiction, non-fiction, radio stories, articles, humor, books, short stories, plays, novels – I now most enjoy writing fiction. Short stories have always been a favorite, but currently I’m more involved with novels. If I’m not at my keyboard in Auckland, the stunning New Zealand ‘City of Sails’, I’m likely to be feeding cats or perhaps pottering in the garden. When seen gazing in an abstract way I’m either plotting the next script or trying to calculate how many million words I have produced over my career.
Oltobooks : What are your ambitions for your writing career?
Bronwyn Elsmore : I feel I have already achieved a lot. My publications list includes 13 books, 40+ short stories, 160 articles, 8 stage plays, many writing awards and lots of literary experience. More details on my website at www.flaxroots.com If that’s as far as it goes I’m all right with it. But future stunning success for one of my novels or plays would certainly be welcomed. Perhaps (goes into dream sequence) a film studio may pick them up and make me a very acceptable offer. That would be the high-point.
Oltobooks : When did you decide to become a writer?
Bronwyn Elsmore : As a child. When I was about ten, I wrote to Author Enid Blyton telling her I was going to be a writer too and asking for any advice. She sent me a signed photo. No advice, so I had to find my own way. Now I understand it was the right response, for both of us
Hi Jon Cocks, thank you for agreeing to this interview.
Oltobooks : Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Jon Cocks : I am a retired secondary teacher of Drama and English from South Australia. Over my working life I wrote plays for students and one in 2015 that led to writing 'Angel of Aleppo, a Story of the Armenian Genocide'. I am married to an Armenian woman (since 2010)
Oltobooks : What are your ambitions for your writing career?
Jon Cocks : I want to get 'Angel of Aleppo' out into the sunlight as a well-read novel that highlights the Armenian pain at the 1915-23 Genocide remaining unacknowledged by the Turkish successors to the Ottoman Empire perpetrators. I want to make the book into a movie to increase the power of its message.
Oltobooks : When did you decide to become a writer?
Jon Cocks : When I was in primary school
Hi Cheryl Taragin, thank you for agreeing to this interview.
Oltobooks : Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Cheryl Taragin : Greetings! I’m a retired lawyer, now part-time teacher, and first-time author of “That’s Ridiculous, Said Nicholas,” a humorous picture book for children ages 3 to 8. I love writing fictional stories for children because I’m also a mother and grandmother.
Oltobooks : What are your ambitions for your writing career?
Cheryl Taragin : Oh, I have tons of story ideas just waiting to be written. Some are for children and some for adults. I’d like to write the next great adult novel while simultaneously promoting multiple children’s books.
Oltobooks : When did you decide to become a writer?
Cheryl Taragin : My love of storytelling began at a very young age. As a child, I would write and illustrate my own stories, stapling the pages together like a book binding. In one way or another, I’ve been writing almost my entire life.
Hi Joel Connealy, thank you for agreeing to this interview.
Oltobooks : Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Joel Connealy : I'm from the Kansas City area. I ran cross country and track in high school, and kept running in college. I have been interested in history since I was ten, and I into geography since I was five or six.
Oltobooks : What are your ambitions for your writing career?
Joel Connealy : I have ideas for stories that I would like people to hear or read. I have ideas for stories in Revolutionary Russia, Ottoman Serbia, and a modern America story. Obviously, making some extra money wouldn't hurt either.
Oltobooks : When did you decide to become a writer?
Joel Connealy : When I was sixteen, in high school.
Hi Joseph Norris III, thank you for agreeing to this interview.
Oltobooks : Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Joseph Norris III : Hi. I'm Joseph Norris III. I write horror/macabre novels, short stories and I co-wrote independent film "Dead Or Alive". My first book, "The Shepherd Into Hell", was published in 2019, a great story of a disabled Bounty Hunter who becomes a Werewolf in present day Baltimore. I am a HBCU Alum, Cheyney University Of Pa.
Oltobooks : What are your ambitions for your writing career?
Joseph Norris III : To totally scare as many people as I can with my writing.
Oltobooks : When did you decide to become a writer?
Joseph Norris III : I decided after I took a creative writing course during the summer of 1995 at Morgan State University and my professor, renowned author Dr. Eugenia Collier, became very impressed with my writings. Also my family and friends encouraged me to "write a book" after they would read my horrifying snipets of stories in my mind on Facebook.
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